Charge Migration along the DNA Duplex: Hole versus Electron Transport
Cyclometalated Ir(III) complexes tethered to 18-mer oligonucleotides through a functionalized dipyridophenazine ligand have been used to study the distance dependence profile of hole and electron transport along DNA. These DNA assemblies allow a direct comparison of hole and electron transport with a single donor coupled into the base stack. Interestingly, both processes, monitored with modified bases as hole or electron kinetic traps incorporated in the strands, appear to have similarly shallow dependences in their reactions with distance. As with hole transport, perturbations to the base stack also attenuate electron transport.
© 2008 American Chemical Society. Received November 15, 2007. Publication Date (Web): January 10, 2008. We are grateful to the NIH (Grant GM49216) for their financial support. B.E. also thanks the Département des Relations Internationales de l'Université Libre de Bruxelles (Prix Rayonnement International) and the Fondation L. de Bay for postdoctoral fellowships.